Loading the multilayer dextran sulfate/protamine microsized capsules with peroxidase

Nadezda G. Balabushevich, Olga P. Tiourina, Dmitry V. Volodkin, Natalia I. Larionova, Gleb B. Sukhorukov

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Stable polyelectrolyte capsules were produced by the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembling of biodegradable polyelectrolytes, dextran sulfate and protamine, on melamine formaldehyde (MF) microcores followed by the cores decomposition at low pH. The mean diameter of the capsules at pH 3-5 was 8.0 ± 0.2 μm, which is more than that diameter of the templates (5.12 ± 0.15 μm). With pH growing up to 7-8, the capsules enlarged, swelling up to the diameter 9-10 μm. The microcapsules were loaded with horseradish peroxidase. Seemingly, peroxidase is embedded in the gellike structure in the microcapsule interior formed by MF residues in the complex with polymers used for LbL coating as proved by Raman confocal spectroscopy. The amount of finally incorporated peroxidase increased from 0.2 × 108 to 2.2 × 108 peroxidase molecules per capsule with pH growing from 5 to 8. The pH shifts causing changes in capsule swelling and the replacement of solutions without pH shifts lead to the protein loss. The encapsulated peroxidase showed a high activity (57%), which remained stable for 12 months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1191-1197
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


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